One day of free electricity for Taiwan blackout victims: Taipower

Compensation for more than 5 million households will cost NT$360 million

A night market during Tuesday's blackout. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Victims of Tuesday’s islandwide blackout will receive one day of free electricity as compensation, according to an announcement by state utility Taiwan Power Corporation (台電).

Millions of households in 17 cities and counties across Taiwan lost power Tuesday afternoon after an incident at one power station involving a two-minute interruption in the supply of natural gas. Two state-run companies, Taipower and oil giant CPC Corporation, Taiwan (中油), as well as a private subcontractor blamed each other for the mishap.

A total of 4.38 million households will receive one free day of electricity, Taipower announced Wednesday evening, in a move that will cost NT$270 million (US$8.8 million).

In addition, a further 1.54 million households which also suffered under the outage will receive compensation amounting to a total of NT$90 million (US$2.9 million), reports said.

The total of the measures will cost NT$360 million (US$11.8 million) and benefit 5.92 million households, but still have to be approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which supervises the state-owned enterprises involved.

The measures would be applied both to private citizens and to industrial users, reports said.

Tuesday’s blackout resulted in the resignation of Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) and his replacement ad interim by his deputy, Shen Jung-chin (沈榮津).